NHL Playoffs 2011: Five Players Key to a Lightning Round 1 Series Win

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NHL Playoffs 2011: Five Players Key to a Lightning Round 1 Series Win
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It's that time of year once again, time for the Stanley Cup playoffs to begin.

The Tampa Bay Lightning put together a wonderful regular season, finishing with over 100 points for the second time in franchise history, and made the postseason for the first time since 2007.

There were many players that were vital to the Lightning's success this season, from mid-season acquisition Dwayne Roloson to Steven Stamkos and Marty St. Louis, among others. However, as we know, the postseason is different from the regular season; the expectations are higher and everyone is expected to produce.

Here are the five players I think will be key if the Bolts are to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in their first round series.

 

**All statistics used were found on lightning.nhl.com or nhl.com. Dwayne Roloson's statistics were found here: http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8460806. **

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